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I'm pro-hot-rod-shorty and I vote!

I am curious if the type of van you have (rear door windows and front-side windows, but no back-side windows) has a name.
I've always called my 92 a shorty cargo van (window status irrelevant).
My 2000 is an LT Passenger van.. very different.

Best of both worlds:
Gen 1 hot-rod V8 shorty
Gen 2 LT 4x4 passenger.

I'll put a V8 in my 2000.. but not radical, rather closer to stock.
Lots of mid-torque, mild HP. Most likely I'll keep the exhaust quiet too.
I've heard too many after-market FI horror stories.. I'm sticking with reliable carb.

My 92 is the radical hotrod.. fat tires, raked stance, rumbly exhaust, high HP.
But I've really finally outgrown it.. wouldn't mind taming it down. Still running the stock rear (never opened).
Of course I still get a thrill rumbling at a traffic light, purring down the highway.. or effortless acceleration. It's all I've even known most of my driving life.
 
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Your rear tires must be close to the limit, yes?
My 295/50-15's on 10" rims (with 5" backspacing) slightly exceeds the limit and causes interference with the door. It will pull open.. but rubs tire hard. I solved the problem by cutting a slice down the underside-center of the door, then overlapping the metals (pulling the inside bottom of door toward the outside making it thinner). This worked completely.

This does however leave a slight opening gap (when closed).. which I live with. There may be a solution for this too.. but I never bothered.
 

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That's a "repair bearing".. they generally fail.
My attempt failed after 1 month while on a vacation trip.
It also destroyed my axle.

Bearings are removed with a tool, and tapped back into place.
Here's a repair bearing that I highly urge you.. DO NOT USE

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But they MUST be tapped in straight (hence the tool in the video)

None the less.. there are many creative things or ways to tap in a bearing straight using things you might find available in your shop or garage. Large sockets (same size as bearing) work well, so long as you don't hit the roller bearings (or turning parts), just the race.
 
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